To be eligible to apply for the Cultural commissioning grant as an individual organisation or as lead organisation in a partnership, you must:

1. apply for no more than the £895,000 available

2. have the experience required to deliver the grant as outlined of in section two of the guidance notes

3. apply for activity taking place in England between April 2013 and June 2016

4. be properly constituted as an organisation and able to make available copies of your governance documentation. This includes:

  • limited companies registered in England and Wales at Companies House
  • community interest companies (CIC) registered with the CIC regulator
  • charities or trusts registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales
  • limited liability partnerships registered at Companies House
  • partnerships established under a Deed of Partnership
  • industrial and provident societies or community benefit societies subject to regulation by the Financial Services Authority (FSA)
  • Royal Charter companies
  • statutory bodies in England

We cannot give grants to organisations that share out profits to members or shareholders, unless the activity applied for is a self-contained, financially ring-fenced arts project with a clear benefit to the public.

No grant funds can contribute to an organisation's profits. Applicants should also ensure they comply with current regulations on state aid.

You cannot apply if you are:

  • an organisation based outside of England or Wales
  • an individual - we will not accept applications from people applying in a purely personal capacity
  • not the lead partner in the project concerned